So, You Want to be a Better Writer? 5 Quick Tips to Help You Show, Not Tell.

Originally appeared on the Burning Soul Press Blog 4.4.22 Everyone thinks they can write a book. How hard can it be, right? You sit down, you plot out a story, break it down chapter by chapter, and then start typing – and eventually you have yourself a book. Well sure, that’s one approach! But letContinue reading “So, You Want to be a Better Writer? 5 Quick Tips to Help You Show, Not Tell.”

Beta Reading: It’s More Than, “Did You Like It?”

“Your mom is not a beta reader; she will not provide you with critical feedback because… well, she’s your mom!” Picture it. It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. After days – weeks – months – maybe even years, you’re ready to type THE END on your manuscript. And while I want you to revelContinue reading “Beta Reading: It’s More Than, “Did You Like It?””

Nail the Synopsis: How to Write Your Entire Novel in a Single Page

“I did all the wrong things first and learned from my mistakes.” My stomach still clenches thinking about the painstaking task of writing a synopsis. You know – that single page document that forces an author to take their beautiful 75,000-word masterpiece and condense it down into a dismal play-by-play of what happens? Yeah –Continue reading “Nail the Synopsis: How to Write Your Entire Novel in a Single Page”

How to Jumpstart Your Author PR in 3 Easy Steps

“If you’re an author looking to jumpstart your PR efforts, you’ll be well served to follow these three pieces of advice.” Back in 2006, I transferred as an undergraduate student to Illinois State University. And to be quite honest, I had no rhyme or reason for choosing ISU outside of the fact that some ofContinue reading “How to Jumpstart Your Author PR in 3 Easy Steps”